DECLARATION OF FIVE UTAH PRINCIPLES TO GUIDE UTAH'S IMMIGRATION DISCUSSION

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Welcome

The Utah Compact was developed over several months by groups and individuals who were

concerned about the tone of Utah’s immigration discussion. The Compact is based on Utah

values and we urge our leaders to use these guiding principles as they address the complex

challenges associated with a broken national immigration system. The Compact has broad support

from community leaders, business associations, law enforcement officers and members of Utah’s

religious community. It is a simple document that expresses our values as community as they

relate to specific policy issues that have become central to the immigration discussion.

the utah compact

FEDERAL SOLUTIONS  Immigration is a federal policy issue between the U.S. government and other countries—not Utah and other countries. We urge Utah’s congressional delegation, and others, to lead efforts to strengthen federal laws and protect our national borders. We urge state leaders to adopt reasonable policies addressing immigrants in Utah. 


LAW ENFORCEMENT We respect the rule of law and support law enforcement’s professional judgment and discretion. Local law enforcement resources should focus on criminal activities, not civil violations of federal code. 


FAMILIES  Strong families are the foundation of successful communities. We oppose policies that unnecessarily separate families. We champion policies that support families and improve the health, education and well-being of all Utah children.


ECONOMY  Utah is best served by a free-market philosophy that maximizes individual freedom and opportunity. We acknowledge the economic role immigrants play as workers and taxpayers. Utah’s immigration policies must reaffirm our global reputation as a welcoming and business-friendly state.


A FREE SOCIETY  Immigrants are integrated into communities across Utah. We must adopt a humane approach to this reality, reflecting our unique culture, history and spirit of inclusion. The way we treat immigrants will say more about us as a free society and less about our immigrant neighbors. Utah should always be a place that welcomes people of goodwill.

SUPPORTERS

Lane Beattie, Salt Lake Chamber 

David Golden, Wells Fargo

Jake Boyer, The Boyer Company

Mark Bouchard, CB Richard Ellis

Lori Chillingworth, Zions Bank

Spencer P. Eccles, Governor's Office of Economic Development

Ray Pickup, Workers Compensation Fund

Kent Gibson, Property Reserve, Inc.

Gordy Haycock, Grant Thorton

Carol Hunter, Rocky Mountain Power

Clark Ivory, Ivory Homes

Ron Jibson, Questar Corporation

Peggy Lander, Richter7

Brent Low, MediaOne

Molly Mazzolini, Infinite Scale Design Group

Andrea Moss, American Express Centurion Bank

Brett Okland, Okland Construction

Scott Parson, Staker & Parson Companies

Vasilios Priskos, InterNet Properties, Inc.

Kelly Sanders, Rio Tinto

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